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Margrethe Ramirez

Weekly News!

This week in room 15...

  • This week marked the beginning of another type of non-fiction reading.  Students choose biographies from the "Who Was..." series.  We learned how we need to pay attention to story elements as we read these narrative non-fiction books.  We worked carefully to identify the traits and wants of the person as well as the problems they faced.  Students practiced writing a summary that included the characters traits or wants.
  • Mrs. Richards was a guest teacher for Writer's Workshop this week.  Students worked on varies strategy to help them think about their topic in other ways.  For example:  problem/solution, if../then..., similarities/differences.  We also began work on our big topic by writing one part or chapter this week paying close attention to using descriptive words.
  • During math rotations this week we worked on ordering numbers, rounding numbers to the nearest 10 and nearest 100, as well as rounding numbers to estimate sums.
  • Students enjoyed the first walk through of our musical play "Vacation to Mars".  We will be practicing songs, lines, and dances the next few weeks.  Parents are invited to see us perform on Wednesday, February 14th.
  • Mrs. Gannett taught us about constellations this week during science lab.  We are super excited for our field trip to Chabot next Friday.  Be sure to cancel hot lunch and pack a lunch for the day.
  • Tuesday night is STEM night at LP.  Students attending the Oak Room between 6-8 pm are excused from class homework that night (with a parent signature!)  The activities presented by Lawrence Hall of Science look AMAZING!
  • Life Skill Focus:  Responsibility: to be trusted to do what needs to be done and Initiative: to do something that needs to be done.  I am pleased to recognize Ellie for modeling these life skills.  






Volunteer Sign Ups

Our school and classroom wouldn't be the same without the help of parents like you.  There will be opportunities to help out throughout the year.  


Parent help is needed February 14-Valentine's Day party, March 14 our trip to the Mt. View Sanitary District, May 8th for our Moraga History Trip and finally in June for our end of year party.  Our trips in March and April will require parent drivers.  Parents helping on trips or in class projects need to be cleared by the district.  


Volunteers are required to fill out paperwork, take a quiz, and bring a copy of your driver's license to the office or district office.  Click here to access the requirements.  Many people are already "cleared" with the district.  Please contact the office or myself if you are unsure of your status.  Driver form is located in my "locker".  Please fill this out if you can be a driver.


Thank you for all the support you provide in and out of the classroom.













Weekly Reminders

No School Monday, January 22nd.


STEM night (formally "math night"):  Tuesday, January 23rd 6-8 pm.  This event looks like tons of fun!  Lawrence Hall of Science puts on a magical event in the Oak Room.  Bring your family and join in the fun!  NO HOMEWORK for those that attend!


Chabot Space and Science Center Field Trip:  Friday, January 26, 2018.  Pack a lunch from home as we will be gone for most of the day!


January Monthy Mania due Tuesday, January 30, 2018.


Mark  your calendars!  3rd grade musical, "Vacation to Mars" is Wednesday, February 14 at 8:30 am.



















Raz-Kids Reading

Raz-Kids log in: http://www.raz-kids.com/main/Login The code for our class is mmramirez.  Students select their name and they each have a pass-code icon.  


We will practice logging on at school so that students should be able to access the program easily at home.  Students will be assigned Raz-Kids reading from their assigned level one night each week.  








Scholastic Book Orders

Scholastic Book Orders are placed every 3-5 weeks.  I usually send home Scholastic book fliers every month.  The due date for orders will be listed here as well as on the Scholastic website. 



Books can be ordered by visiting Scholastic and using our class code: LW9P2.